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Long shot Odom pulls self out of Olympic consideration; Lin leaves USA Select Team

Jul 2, 2012, 8:32 PM EDT

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He was a long shot anyway after the disaster of a season he just had, but Lamar Odom — who had an invite to Team USA Training Camp — is dropping out of consideration.

Via the only other national media member that went to my high school, ESPNLosAngeles’ Arash Markazi, on twitter:

Lamar Odom tells ESPNLA he will skip Team USA this summer and work with trainers in L.A. and focus on this season.

After what can kindly be called a wasted season in Dallas (Mavs fans use less kind words, with good reason) Odom is not in the shape he needs to be in for the London games. After his past season he was likely not making the roster anyway, something that was leaked long ago. Odom was just traded from Dallas back to the Los Angeles Clippers in a four-team deal.

If you’re asking why he even has an invite, you need to go back and watch how he played in the 2010 FIBA World Championships, when his versatile game was a key for Team USA to create matchup nightmares. He was the Odom that won Sixth Man of the Year.

With bigs Odom and very likely Anthony Davis out — along with Dwight Howard, Chris Bosh and LaMarcus Aldridge — it seems almost a certainty that Blake Griffin will get a spot on Team USA. When Bosh pulled out coach Mike Krzyzewski said he wanted to have Davis, Odom and Griffin in for a special pre-camp workout, but now two-thirds of them are out.

It is highly unlikely that anyone is added to the team at this point as it is past the first drug-testing deadline for the games and it would take special dispensation to get any players added.

Also out for Team USA are Derrick Rose, Dwyane Wade and Chauncey Billups.

Don’t shed any tears for a team that will could well start Chris Paul, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, LeBron James and Tyson Chandler and bring Kevin Love, Carmelo Anthony, Deron Williams and Russell Westbrook off the bench, with Andre Iguodala as a defensive stopper if you want.


On other news, USA Basketball has confirmed that both Jeremy Lin and Greg Stiemsma have pulled out of the USA Select Team — the team that practices against Team USA in camp and is looked at for future United States teams — because of their contract status.

Lin is currently a restricted free agent negotiating a deal and an injury in camp could radically change that. Lin is expected to re-sign with the Knicks but there are scenarios that could pull him away from New York.

“Unfortunately, I am not going to be able to participate in the 2012 USA Men’s Select Team this summer,” said Lin in a released statement.  “It was such an incredible honor to be selected, but I have withdrawn my name from the team because of my status as a free agent.  I hope to have the opportunity to participate with USA Basketball at some point in the future.”

Stiemsma is expected back with the Celtics but is in a similar situation as a restricted free agent.

  1. cakemixa - Jul 2, 2012 at 8:41 PM

    Odom is softer than any toilet paper.

  2. therealhtj - Jul 2, 2012 at 8:42 PM

    Odom? Not ready to play? Shocking.

  3. ccshocktalk - Jul 2, 2012 at 8:45 PM

    This guy shouldn’t have even been considered for team USA. The only guys from the 2008 Olympic roster that should be on the team from the FIBA world championship should be Derron Williams, Chris Paul, LeBron James, Amare, and Roy Hibert.

    Lamar will be playing dress up with the Kardashians.

  4. Gordon - Jul 2, 2012 at 8:58 PM

    Team USA probably wouldn’t allow him to bring the reality TV cameras.

  5. fnc111 - Jul 2, 2012 at 9:01 PM

    Hey now he has video games to play at home.

    • 91devinhester23 - Jul 2, 2012 at 11:05 PM

      this makes me wonder whether any of these guys play as themselves in 2k12

  6. boilerup1869 - Jul 2, 2012 at 9:07 PM

    Let’s be honest – Lamar and I had about an equal shot at making the Olympic team so there’s really only one comment to sum up the public reaction to this story:


  7. stadix093 - Jul 2, 2012 at 9:33 PM

    Seems like a bad move, he won sixth man of the year after playing for team USA because he came into the season in shape and focused. Hope the Clippers enjoy fat a Lamar and a Kardashian filled sideline.

  8. astrosfan75956 - Jul 2, 2012 at 9:43 PM

    Odom is done, he is trash. I hate players with no heart like Odom. Which Kardashian is he with? Rob.

  9. themajorleagueblog - Jul 2, 2012 at 10:23 PM

    He could’ve been basketball-ready, he elects to be more physically prepare. That takes maturity giving up the opportunity to win a Gold medal to be a more refined player

  10. jesse1834 - Jul 2, 2012 at 10:28 PM

    The Flee Team

  11. rocketsbb - Jul 3, 2012 at 12:05 AM

    Lol Michael Jordan playing creating a legend.

  12. fanz928 - Jul 3, 2012 at 1:05 AM

    No he was not no long shot they needed his size and passing skills you don’t know shit

  13. moseskkim - Jul 3, 2012 at 3:55 AM

    Odoms always been an emotional/ mentally weak guy. No one questions his talent. He’s a one of a kind player and played so well last year for the lakers. He said he’s gonna focus on next season. I think being in la will be great for him and he’s gonna have a bounce back season. Not 6th man of the year but dang close

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